Jeffrey A. Leon - Chicago Commercial Litigator
Jeff tries cases of tremendous complexity, and he has a way of distilling
that complexity in a way that permits effective communication with judges
and juries. He honed his litigation skills as an associate at some large-scale
prestigious law firms in Chicago. Thereafter, Jeff litigated some of the
largest ever consumer class action lawsuits, obtaining settlements that
have totaled nearly $1 billion. Some of the largest cases Jeff was heavily
involved in included the challenge to the merger between Sirius and XM
satellite radio, the challenge to Western Union’s uncompleted money
transfer practices, litigation over leaking Lennox air conditioner evaporator
coils, and fading Azek composite decking.
Attorney Jeffrey A. Leon is a trial lawyer who is experienced trying large cases:
Successfully defended ITW Corporation in a $1.3 billion price-fixing class
action lawsuit in a nearly three month long jury trial
Defended Chicago Bridge & Iron in a three-month bench trial at the
Federal Trade Commission against a challenge to its acquisition of Pitt-Des
Defended Yukon Fuel in a contested consent decree proceeding and temporary
restraining order hearing concerning its merger with its largest competitor,
defeating challenges to the merger in both proceedings;
Represented Wye Oak Technologies in an extended bench trial against The
Republic of Iraq which resulted in a $122 million dollar judgment against Iraq.
Jeff has the advantage of having litigated cases from both the Plaintiff
and Defendant perspective. He both prosecutes class actions, and defends
companies against class action lawsuits. He has represented individuals
with small claims in class actions, and he has also represented some of
the largest corporations in the country against antitrust challenges including
Ameritech Corporation (now SBC), Bell Atlantic (now Verizon), Abbott Laboratories, and ITW.
Jeff is a litigator first, and he therefore can handle any type of litigation.
Jeff has developed deep specialized knowledge in the areas of antitrust,
class actions, and international litigation including claims against foreign
sovereigns under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. In addition, Jeff
has deep experience handling shareholder suits, non-competition clause
litigation, breach of contract, trademark infringement litigation and
various types of employment disputes.
Jeff is also a meticulous researcher and writer. He regularly is called
upon by other lawyers to write appellate briefs and briefs of great complexity.
Jeff is also an experience appellate advocate, having argued numerous
times before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals as well as arguments
in the Second and Tenth Circuits.
Jeff is a 1991 summa cum laude graduate of the Indiana University School
of Law-Bloomington where he was third in his class, an editor of the Indiana
Law Journal, champion of the Sherman Minton Moot court competition and
a member of Order of the Coif. Jeff graduated cum laude from the University
of Redlands in 1987 with degrees in political science and history. Jeff
was a championship debater at Redlands, and was selected as the fifth
most outstanding individual speaker at the 1987 National Debate Tournament.
Jeff has written and spoken extensively. He has lectured on antitrust law
at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern and has guest lectured
at Columbia University’s School of Law and at IIT Chicago Kent School
of Law. He has published several articles on antitrust law including,
for example, Disaggregation of Economist Liability Testimony in Section
One Litigation, ABA Section of Antitrust Law Economics Committee Newsletter
and The Evidentiary Role of Antitrust Compliance Policies in Section One
Civil Litigation, ABA Sherman Act Section One
Committee Newsletter. For five years Jeff was the co-chair of the Class
Action Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation during which he helped
organize the largest annual class action conference in the country, and
in which he participated in moderating panels. Jeff has also spoken during
several Strafford CLE webinars and has spoken at several other litigation-oriented